Sensitive Teeth can mean big problems | Walnut Creek, CA

Are your teeth sensitive?  If eating cold and hot items sometimes cause you to stop in your tracks from the intense pain, there is probably an underlying reason.

The top layer of your teeth, called the enamel, protects the interior of your teeth from the harsh elements of the food you consume.  When the enamel is damaged, you feel pain because the underlying layers are more sensitive.

Sometimes the damage can be underneath the gum as well.  The layer of protection, called the cementum can wear away just like the enamel.  Typically you will not be aware of the reason for the pain; it usually takes a dentist to exam your mouth to discover the problem for you.  A few common reasons for sensitive teeth include cavities, broken fillings, gum disease or broken teeth.

If you have sensitive teeth, give us a call right away to get to the root of the problem.   Call Dr. Barmby and Dr. Frick at (925) 934-5526 or visit our website.

Dr. Barmby and Dr. Frick also proudly serves Alamo, Concord, Danville, Lafayette, Orinda, and surrounding areas.

Dry mouth, a Serious Issue | Walnut Creek, CA

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Did you know that if you suffer from dry mouth that you need to see a dentist right away?  Many people ignore this sign, which could be a serious issue. Sometimes it is simply due to a medication that you are taking or a medical procedure that you had performed recently. Other times,  however, it is a sign of a serious illness.

Before you give us a call try a few simple steps to see if it gets better: drink plenty of water and avoid the consumption of alcohol and caffeinated beverages, including tea, coffee and soda. Salty and spicy foods should also be consumed in moderation, if at all., as they could make the problem worse. Try to enhance the saliva in your mouth by chewing ADA approved sugarless gum or sucking on sugarless hard candy. If these steps do not solve the
problem, you should contact us right away.

If you are experiencing Dry Mouth, Don’t Wait! Call Dr. Barmby and Dr. Frick at (925) 934-5526 or visit our website.

Dr. Barmby and Dr. Frick also proudly serves Alamo, Concord, Danville, Lafayette, Orinda, and surrounding areas.

Restorative Dentistry Treatment Options | Walnut Creek, CA

Dr. Barmby and Dr. Frick of Walnut Creek, CA is proud to offer the best in cosmetic dentistry and restorative dentistryDr. Barmby and Dr. Frick believe in overall wellness and in making a personal connection with each patient, so that they can offer the best custom treatment plan for each individual.

Learning your personal history, your present condition of oral health and wellness and your future expectations helps to establish which type of treatment options are right for you; whether it is preventative care, esthetic treatments or restorative dentistry.

Dr. Barmby and Dr. Frick have an array of cosmetic, restorative and general dental treatment options are unsurpassed. The following is just an example of some of the treatment options available:

  • Crowns and Bridges
  • Bonding
  • Root Canal Therapy
  • Gum Disease Therapy
  • Restorative Fillings
  • Dental Implants
  • Dentures and partials

Dr. Barmby and Dr. Frick are committed to ensuring your optimal oral health and well-being.  Schedule an appointment today for a comprehensive exam and start on the road to a healthier, beautiful smile. Contact Dr. Barmby and Dr. Frick at (925) 934-5526 or visit our website.

Dr. Barmby and Dr. Frick also proudly serve Alamo, Concord, Danville, Lafayette, Orinda, and surrounding areas.

Types of Dental Restorations | Walnut Creek, CA

With developing technology, Dr. Barmby and Dr. Frick have a variety of methods to help you repair worn, damaged, decayed or missing teeth. Depending on the issue Dr. Barmby and Dr. Frick will perform either direct or indirect dental restoration. With direct dental restorationDr. Barmby and Dr. Frick will place a filling into a prepared tooth cavity immediately in a single office visit. As for an indirect restoration, a customized tooth replacement in the form of crowns, onlays or inlays is created. Since these replacements must be created in a lab, more than one office visit is necessary. Dr. Barmby and Dr. Frick can help you decide which type of procedure is more accommodating for you.

For more information, contact Dr. Barmby and Dr. Frick and make an appointment at (925) 934-5526 or visit our website.

Dr. Barmby and Dr. Frick also proudly serve Alamo, Concord, Danville, Lafayette, Orinda, and surrounding areas.

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Restore your Smile with Inlays and Onlays | Walnut Creek, CA

Inlays and onlays are frequently used to restore teeth that are severely damaged by decay or wear. They are usually applied to the chewing surfaced of the back teeth. They provide more strength than a filling and are more conservative than a full crown.

A porcelain onlay is fabricated to fit your tooth precisely and is bonded tightly in place to strengthen and protect the damaged tooth. Like a crown, an onlay covers and protects the tooth’s biting surface. Where a crown covers the entire tooth, an onlay fits inside the tooth cusps and covers only the biting surfaces. Because an onlay is fabricated in a dental laboratory, it takes two or more appointments to restore a tooth with a porcelain onlay.

For more information on Inlays and Onlays or to make an appointment, contact Dr. Barmby and Dr. Frick at (925) 934-5526 or visit our website.

Dr. Barmby and Dr. Frick also proudly serve Alamo, Concord, Danville, Lafayette, Orinda, and surrounding areas.

Grandbabies, Grandbabies, Grandbabies!

We are so excited with the abundance of grandbabies to join our office family!

The Barmby/Frick clan welcomed baby boy Frank James on April 15,2013. He is the first baby for their eldest son Trent and his wife Amy. Some of you probably remember all the excitement in October of 2011 when they married.

Dental assistant Cathy welcomed a baby girl Zoey Lee on 7/1/11l. We cannot believe her
2nd birthday is here already!

Our dental hygienist J.C. Van Dyke and her husband Arlyn flew east to meet baby girl
Lumika Jaya born on February 11,2013.

Office administrator Lynda enjoyed meeting a new grandson Caleb Angeles born
4/18/13. He joins a cousin Flynn Bryson born on 5/3/12.

Nothing is sweeter than a baby and grand babies are especially so! All the pleasures but not all the work!

Porcelain Veneers – A Superior Cosmetic Procedure | Walnut Creek, CA

Porcelain veneers offer superior benefits over other cosmetic dental procedures, such as dental crowns or braces. The fingernail-thin shells, which are adhered to the front surface, solve a myriad of aesthetic problems with just one treatment. Here is a list of the top 10:

  1. Natural looking – Porcelain is a translucent material that mimics the look, luster, and feel of enamel.
  2. Whiten – When adhered to the front surface of your teeth, veneers you’re your teeth look instantly whiter.
  3. Straighten – Veneers offer a great alternative for patients with crooked teeth who do not want to endure the process of having their teeth straightened with dental braces.
  4. Fix – Veneers can fill in and improve the look of teeth that are chipped or broken.
  5. Fill in gaps – Veneers can be customized to repair smiles with unsightly gaps.
  6. Youthful – A whiter, brighter, more lustrous smile can immediately you’re your face a more youthful appearance.
  7. Conservative – Unlike other cosmetic procedures that require removing a large portion of healthy, natural teeth, veneers can be applied with little alteration.
  8. Protection – Once applied, the veneers also serve to provide a protective shield to the front surface of teeth.
  9. Stain resistant — Porcelain is stain resistant, which will make your smile stay brighter and whiter longer.
  10. Gum friendly – Gum tissue is not irritated by porcelain.

Your clear choice in getting that beautiful smile you have always dreamed of are Dr. Barmby and Dr. Frick. Make an appointment today by calling (925) 934-5526 or visit our website.

Dr. Barmby and Dr. Frick also proudly serves Alamo, Concord, Danville, Lafayette, Orinda, and surrounding areas.

Night Guard’s to the rescue | Walnut Creek, CA

Photo from the The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) website

Bruxism is the clenching together of both the upper and lower teeth. Clenching causes pressure on the muscles, tissues, and other surrounding structures of the jaw.  This clenching can cause jaw joint disorders, headaches, neck pain, jaw pain, ear pain, tense muscles, and excessive wear on the teeth. This is referred to as “TMJ” (temporomandibular joint). Bruxism can cause damage to the temporomandibular joint (the hinge that connects the lower jaw to the upper jaw) if not properly treated. It is estimated that 30-40 million Americans are affected by Bruxism.

The majority of people who clench also tend to grind their teeth. Grinding is when you slide your teeth over each other in a back and forth, sideways movement. Often the grinding is a subconscious behavior that is not realized by the bruxer. A partner or significant other is often the first to hear the noise of the bruxer’s teeth grinding at night. If left untreated, this grinding can wear down your teeth. The cause of Bruxism is not completely known, but many agree that stress and anxiety play a major role.

What Is the Treatment?

Stress reduction and anxiety management are methods used to treat Bruxism and reduce the symptoms, but a dental night guard is the most commonly used treatment method. A night guard is a horseshoe-shaped, retainer-like, plastic appliance with shallow borders that can be worn on either the top or the bottom teeth. It is intended to protect the teeth from the pressure of clenching and grinding by having a protective cushion between the upper and lower teeth. A night guard is a simple and affordable decision for protecting your teeth and jaws from the damaging effects of Bruxism. When properly made by your dentist, it can help reduce clenching, grinding, and TMJ problems by helping to relax the muscles in the jaw.

For more information on TMJ and Bruxism, contact Dr. Barmby and Dr. Frick at (925) 934-5526 or visit our website.

Dr. Barmby and Dr. Frick also proudly serves Alamo, Concord, Danville, Lafayette, Orinda and surrounding areas.